League tables published today by NHS England allow the public to compare surgeons’ skills
Surgeons who refuse to tell the public how well they perform in operations will be named and shamed by the NHS next week as officials publish the first national league tables for medics.
As well as a ranking of all NHS consultants, the body has said it will publish the names of the “very few” surgeons who have decided to withhold data from publication alongside their colleagues.
The unprecedented move, which sees the first tables published by NHS England on the ‘Choices’ website today, is part of central government plans for a more transparent health service.
In an attempt to better inform patients about the potential risks of different surgeries, the lists will allow members of the public to compare the number of times consultants have done a procedure and their mortality rates.
At first, data will be available from 3,500 medics across 10 specialities, including vascular surgery figures that were released today, but it is believed the practice will be rolled out to include all NHS consultants over the summer.
A Royal College of Surgeons spokeswoman said that “fewer than 30” medics did not give consent for their data to be published in the initial wave, but none of them were deemed to have notably high mortality rates.